Review: C.S. Poe – Joy (States of Love)

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Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★½ 


Down on his luck is Gideon Joy’s default state. He doesn’t know why he expected anything different on his cross-country trip, but not surprisingly, the hits keep coming—literally this time. Gideon strikes a moose with his car in New Hampshire, not only totaling his own vehicle, but damaging one belonging to local construction worker Silas Bright. He has no choice but to stay in Lancaster and take a job that’ll pay for the repairs. And in a town so small, Gideon’s always running into Silas. What starts as annoyance between them soon blooms into something much more romantic. But when Gideon’s notorious bad luck rears its head yet again, how many disastrous dates will Silas be willing to weather before realizing Gideon’s not worth it?

Despite Gideon’s desire to remain in the quaint community that has accepted him as one of their own, past fears of inadequacy threaten the very joy he left Los Angeles to discover. If he’s to find a happily ever after with Silas, Gideon must learn that sometimes it’s okay to not be the best. And true happiness might be waiting in a small town nestled among the great White Mountains.


Gideon Joy, despite his name, thinks he is a bad luck charm, so naturally, things go wrong when he decides to drive across his country in what he determines to be his early mid life crisis (he’s only 25 years old). An accident with a moose and another car strands Gideon in small town New Hampshire, but he meets Silas and the various residents of the town and starts to feel like maybe he could have found one place that feels like home…unless his bad luck continues!

The story is told from Gideon’s point of view.

I have a couple of books on my to be read list by C.S.Poe, and based on this story, I will definitely be moving those up my reading list! For a short story, it is such a complete story and yet I could easily have read more about Gideon, Silas and the towns of Lancaster and Dalton, New Hampshire! I always think the best compliment I can give an author, and hopefully it is taken that way, is that they have written a wonderful to read story, but I’d happily read more of the characters and world they have created.

This is not a long story, and there are no graphic sex scenes between the characters, but the relationship of the characters, not only the lead characters, but the community Gideon experiences in what he initially thinks, will be a short stay while he works to pay for the repairs to Silas’ car. Great characters, great secondary characters, well paced with enough back story to get an idea of what kind of experiences Gideon is coming from, and why Silas has not left his hometown and why Gideon might consider this stop as a new beginning.

I really enjoyed it, look forward to the other stories I have by this author as well as I am now picking up more stories in the States of Love series! I would recommend this for anyone who likes opposite attracts kind of stories and character driven, relationship progress over sexual chemistry.


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